NAGPUR: The originator of HMT (Sona) rice variety Dadaji Khobragade has decided to return his Krishi Bhushan award to Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh after discovering that the 14 carat gold medal was actually substandard silver. Sexagenarian Dadaji, who has invented ten varieties of rice on his one-acre farm in Nanded village in Chandrapur district, was presented the 50 gm gold medal, a cash prize of Rs25,000 and a citation from Maharashtra governor S.M. Krishna at Raj Bhavan in Bombay on October 13.
Facing financial problems, he decided to sell his medal. That was when a local jeweller informed him that the medal was made of sub-standard silver and had gold polish. The state government has already lodged a complaint against a professor of JJ School of Fine Arts, who was entrusted with the responsibility of designing and production of the contentious medals.
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